How to care for your reclaimed hardwood floor

Once you have your beautiful new floor by Historic Flooring installed, how exactly do you take care of reclaimed hardwood flooring?

Vermont National Coatings released some helpful tips on the best way to care for your new floor. Let’s dive in and examine some best practices for your reclaimed hardwood floor.

AFTER LAST COAT DRIES

Two hours after last coat dries the floors are safe to walk on with socks or indoor soft-sole shoes under normal conditions. Any dirt and debris can be removed by an untreated dust mop or clean cloth, if necessary.

Vermont Natural Coatings said to not use harsh cleaners or a wet mop when you care for reclaimed hardwood floor until it is fully cured. They also recommend to not place area rugs on the floor until fully cured.

FULLY CURED

It takes between five and seven days for a floor to fully cure. When that time period has passed, furniture may be sat down in place but should have floor guides at all contact points. Any spills need to be removed promptly and daily spills need to be cleaned with a damp sponge and a dry towel.

Sweep, dust mop, or vacuum on a regular basis. Vermont recommends daily for commercial or high-traffic residential floors.

Avoid over-washing floors and leaving any objects with a wet bottom layer, such as shoes or plants, on the wood surface. Furniture should not be dragged across the floor.

AVOID

Do not walk on the floors with stiletto heels, golf spikes, or any other shoes with cleats. Be sure to avoid using wax-based cleaners and letting water pool on the floors.

Dragging heavy furniture or appliances is a no-no along with having heavy dogs with long nails.

DETAILS

There are some details Vermont Natural Coatings wants you to be aware of. Hardwood and softwood floors may expand with temperature and humidity changes. The wood may show gaps, cracking, or shrinkage.

Softwoods have a higher chance of showing cracks sooner and will indent and gouge easily. Hardwoods will indent and groove when exposed to heavy or sharp pointed objects.

The ideal conditions for flooring include maintaining a relative humidity of 40 to 60 percent. Floor mats should be used at exterior doors to collect dirt and grit. Rugs should be put down in high traffic sections and protective pads need to be on all furniture contact points.

SPOT REPAIRS

Vermont National Coatings said slight marring or shallow scratches can be repaired. A spot that is damaged and the surround area should be abraded with very fine grit abrasives.

The area should then be vacuumed and cleaned before coating. Deep gouges will require a full surface sanding, which requires a professional.

Stacey Zippmann
stacey@historicflooring.com